Weekend Open Thread: All Your Base (and Amino Acid) are Belong to Us

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This is bad — really bad, even worse than the pun in the above headline.  Let’s go to the video:

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether this patenting of human genes — possibly your human genes — described in the video is legal.  (Here’s a lawyer explaining the issues in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics for you, if you’re into that sort of thing.)  Apparently, they’re not that likely to win — although they did win at a lower level — but even the attempt is an example of a corporate action best expressed as, spelling things out in the language of amino acids, “GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”!  We’ll have more on the story as it develops — unless they repossess the body parts we need to type it for you.  (By the way, people have been unable to get cancer tests because they can’t afford the royalties they have to pay Myriad Genetics due to their patent, so this is sort of “life-and-deathy.”)

Definitely Twisted

This is your Weekend Open Thread. Talk about this or whatever else you’d like, within broad bounds of reason and decorum.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)